Do you still prefer a D70 over a hacked 300D?

Started Jun 9, 2004 | Discussions thread
GagBagger Senior Member • Posts: 2,855
Some MIS-information cleared up...

Tailz wrote:

even Nikon's own TC-14E doesn't work with the 80-400 because it
doesn't have AF-S and it is the slowest focusing lens in the Nikon

Yup. I've owned both, and the Canon is better strictly because of USM, but it also has it's pitfalls, which I'll outline below.

And the VR doesn't work on a tripod.

Neither does the IS on the 100-400. It's the "first generation" IS that needs to be SHUT OFF when used on a tripod -- just like Nikon's VR counterpart. Only Canon's long, expensive IS primes and the 70-200/IS have the latest generation IS that can be used on a tripod. The 100-400 does not.

Bottom line? No advantage for either.

I don't regard them as competitive.

Then you know little about either lens. Since I own(ed) both they're virtually identical regarding image quality, but the biggest drawback (for me) with the Canon is the trombone zoom. It is literally a vacuum for dust and is very difficult to get used to. USM on the 100-400, while faster than the 80-400/VR, really isn't all that fast. Once you put the 80-400/VR on a D2H it's right there with AF speed. Neither are good for sports as the USM on the Canon isn't that fast compared to some of the primes in that range or the 70-200/IS.

However, you do make a good point about the TC "issue." Because Canon's EF lineup is universally compatible their TCs work with every lens in the system (designed to work with a TC, that is). This is just one more reason I switched to Canon.

On the whole, you are wrong about them not being competing lenses however. They are direct competitors. The Canon is just better for the two reasons you cited, yet I own the Nikkor and sold the Canon. Go figure.

A revised 80-400 VR with new VR (like the 200-400) and AF-S, for
the same price as the Canon, now that I would look at.

And so would everyone else. Nikon shot themselves in the foot (again) releasing a "competitor" that omitted AF-S.

Dumb. Dumb. Dumb.

Things that make you go, hmmmm...

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